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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] 1905 Directory of Asylums and Institutions
Date: Tue, 8 May 2007 09:14:12 -0500
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In-Reply-To: <5276CCE8-ABFF-4996-8521-8BD3A2A10D94@mindspring.com>


Correction, the township was Jefferson Township, the Dunning family
lived there.

On May 8, 2007, at 9:08 AM, Nan Brennan wrote:

> Hi Karen,
>
> Dunning was originally opened as a poor farm or almshouse around 1850.
> There was a working farm there until about 1950.
> Later an insane asylum was added and an infirmary was added.
> There was a cemetery there, too, a "Potters Field" run by Cook County.
> Orphaned children were buried there, too. There are also some Civil
> War Veterans and unidentified victims of the Chicago Fire buried
> there.
>
> Around 1912 it was taken over from Cook County by the State of
> Illinois and renamed
> Chicago State Hospital. It became one of the first training
> facilities for psychiatric nurses in the country.
> A children's facility was added in the 1930s I think, called the
> Horner center.
> In the late 60s new facilities were built across the street and they
> are still there, Chicago Read Mental Health Center.
>
> The original buildings have all been torn down and south east end of
> the old acreage is a shopping complex.
> The north west end is being developed now.
>
> Chicago Read was one of the largest mental health facilities in the
> United States.
>
> My husband was on the psychology staff there for many years, from
> about 1974 to 1999.
>
> I'm not sure but about the name Dunning, Dunning was the name of the
> township which was outside the city limits at that time. Maybe the
> original settlers of that rural area were named Dunning.
>
> Nan
>
> On May 8, 2007, at 7:44 AM, wrote:
>
>>
>> In a message dated 5/8/2007 2:36:36 A.M. Central Daylight Time,
>> writes:
>>
>> http://genealogytrails.com/ill/cook/1905asylums.html
>>
>>
>>
>> I looked through this site & was amazed to see :
>>
>> COOK COUNTY INSANE ASYLUM
>> 6400 Irving Park Road (corner of Irving Park and Narragansett)
>> Located at Dunning, Ill.
>>
>> COOK COUNTY POORHOUSE
>> 6400 Irving Park Road (corner of Irving Park and Narragansett)
>> Dunning P. O.
>>
>>
>> Dunning, Illinois?? I lived in the area of North Ave & Oak Park
>> Ave, not
>> that far from "Dunning" as the property was called & that was
>> definitely
>> Chicago in the 1940's & currently. Where did the Dunning,
>> Illinois come from? My
>> girlfriend & I took a tour of the place one day at their open
>> house in the
>> late 50's. Bad idea - I can still remember very vividly, the
>> horrible scenes we
>> saw, especially the ward where the young mothers, most in their
>> 30's, were
>> clutching baby dolls. Now they call it post partum(?) depression
>> & it can be
>> treated if addressed in time. I believe the place has been torn
>> down now or
>> at least closed. Whatever happened to all of those people ?
>> Would be
>> interested to hear more on this if anyone knows.
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Karen
>> (mailto:)
>>
>>
>>
>>
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